by Shmuley Boteach
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. It’s a commemoration that is understandably being drowned out by the urgency of the global coronavirus pandemic.
And yet, for us Jews, the date is pregnant with meaning as it marks the end of the Holocaust, the greatest crime in world history and the greatest cataclysm in Jewish history.
While the war began on September 1, 1939, with the German invasion of Poland, the holocaust itself as a planned mass annihilation of the Jews using poison gas was carried out at a beautiful lakeside village in the Berlin suburb of Wansee in January of 1942.
Shortly after the war’s beginning, Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo and the SS, created special mobile-killing units within the SS, the Einsatzgruppen, responsible for liquidating all political enemies of the Reich. They were placed under the command of his deputy, Reinhard Heydrich. Read the rest HERE.